By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. has started the process to transform properties purchased for its $1.2 billion retransformation plan, including the former Kiernan’s Steakhouse.
The downtown west Dearborn building was demolished Dec. 14 and 15 for future development.
Ford Land bought Kiernan’s Steakhouse along with LaShish, the Wagner Hotel building and land near Michigan Avenue and Monroe in May.
“Ford Land is exploring options to acquire and develop office and retail space in downtown Dearborn to support its campus transformation plan,” Ford Land Communications Director Dawn Booker said. “Ford Land will continue to work with the city of Dearborn and share more detail when finalized.”
All the purchases are part of Ford’s plan to add a research and engineering center and major work on a second campus near its current headquarters.
The new product campus location will include a design center; walkable community with paths, trails, covered walkways, on-demand shuttles, an eBikes; high-speed Internet; autonomous vehicles; and employee services.
A second campus will be near the current headquarters and will feature a new Ford Credit facility, onsite employee services, connectivity and enhanced accessibility to the expansive green space around the building.
Ford’s completed project includes moving 30,000 employees from its current 70 buildings into the new campus locations.
A 700,000-square-foot Design Center will include new studios and outdoor design courtyard along with a 14,000-square-foot Design Showroom.
The product campus is expected by be completed by 2023 with the second campus scheduled to begin construction in 2021 and finish in 2026.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])